Welcome! to DSI 2021!


NOVEMBER 17-20, 2021

Decision Making in Challenging Times – Equity, Inclusion, and Sustainability

The recent pandemic has helped to further highlight the challenges we face in addressing inequities across income, health, and resource availabilities. Climate change is introducing new natural calamities, with corporations and communities alike exploring new ways to become more sustainable. Beyond challenges felt in business communities, educational institutions are also increasingly seeing headwinds of changing business models. The COVID19 pandemic has brought about substantial change in how education is delivered to students (e.g., online education), and challenges such as how to offer a more inclusive learning environment. The 2021 conference “Decision Making in Challenging Times – Equity, Inclusion and Sustainability” explores, debates, and examines these important challenges of our times. The conference will focus on developing a better understanding of these challenges and providing a platform to learn how to collectively respond through our teaching and research. The online conference will also feature the first Clinical Faculty Consortium focused on professional development needs of the member base. In addition, we are continuing prior conference innovations that include the Doctoral Student Showcase and the New Faculty Development Showcase. Finally, we aim to substantially expand the social media footprint for the Decision Sciences Conference and are excited to have an opportunity to reach the various DSI constituents through social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook,  YouTube and Instagram. We hope you will take this opportunity to follow us on all these channels.

We cordially invite you to join this conversation by submitting your research papers, pedagogy, and workshop ideas.  The overall conference will feature three broad themes:

Research tracks - Theme-based sessions showcasing cutting-edge business research on unique decision-making issues.

Educational tracks – Research into business student learning and curriculum

Professional development sessions –Workshops and panels by leading scholars who will provide refreshing and energizing new perspectives. In addition, we will also host a doctoral consortium, and a clinical faculty consortium – both free of charge to DSI members, as pre-conference events.

As a participant in DSI 2021, you will enjoy numerous opportunities to meet new people, consider new research/teaching approaches, and opportunities to scout out the job market and the talent pool.

Submissions to the conference program are now open:

  • Full Paper Deadline: May 15th, 2021
  • Abstract Deadline: May 30th, 2021
  • Panel Proposal Deadline: May 30th, 2021
  • Workshop Proposal Deadline: May 30th, 2021
  • Award Competition Deadline: May 30th, 2021

We look forward to meeting you at the conference.  The DSI 2021 program team


Sriram Narayanan
Conference Chair
Michigan State University
Yan Dong
Chair of Professional Development
University of South Carolina
Nitin Joglekar
Chair of Research
Boston University
Kathy McFadden
Chair of Pedagogical Research
Northern Illinois University
Marco Sartor
Chair for Social Media Outreach
University of Udine, Italy